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Audrey Hepburn’s Benevolence

 

May 4 is Audrey’s birthday anniversary. She would have been 89 today but sadly she died way too early when she was only 63. She remains an icon in my mind as she touched my life when I was a kid during World War II.

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Neither of us knew then that she would become a famous and worldwide adored filmstar a decade later, and a beloved UNICEF Ambassadrice at the end of her flamboyant career. This is why May 4 is a splendid occasion to reward her tireless effort to support the deprived children of the world, in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

There are several ways you can do this: directly through Audrey’s website www.audreyhepburn.org, or by buying a copy of ‘Audrey Hepburn – A Cherished Memory’, a short story about how her bright star brushed my personal life https://amzn.to/2JOcjL4, the proceeds of which go to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. You can also navigate my website www.johnschwartzauthor.com and look under ‘Books’ for more details on the Audrey story.  There you will also find direct links to the Audrey Hepburn website, courtesy Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn’s second son, who is Chairman of the Fund’s board.

Give magnanimous Audrey and her poor and malnourished children magnanimously! I have seen them myself and it is heartbreaking when you meet the orphaned kids on the street, in cities or rural towns, many limping because of maltreated diseases or injuries by war, or emaciated by hunger, struggling to stay alive, stretching their little hands for food or a dime. Many are abused by pimps and thieves. I know of a few organizations that help to keep them off the streets and build a new life for them (e.g. Website: www.givhopeafrica.org) and this is most gratifying. The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund deserves your good intentions too. Please don’t ignore this. Every little bit helps!

 

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All my best,

John

 

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ENCHANTÉ – GIVE AUDREY A CHANCE!

Picture: Audrey dancing ballet in Arnhem – 1946

In honor of Audrey and her Children’s Fund (www.audreyhepburn.com) I published a short story on how we met as children and thereafter at a chance meeting when she was a well-known and beloved actress, with many good movies on her repertoire. My favored Audrey movie is Roman Holiday, her first, when I heard at boarding school the girl I played with when I was 7 (and she 13) during World War II had become a movie star and an overnight sensation. The short story is on holiday sale for only US$5.99 plus shipping or equivalent in other currencies (Pound Sterling, Euro) and the proceeds go to help Audrey’s Children’s Fund. Be a little generous and receive a sweet memory in return, with a few rare pre-fame Audrey pictures included.

USA and Canada:

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Europe:

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http://www.amazon.de/dp/0999154400

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!

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Audrey Hepburn is Calling!

The above picture is ‘pre-fame’ Audrey Hepburn when she was modeling in London in the early fifties, a copyrighted picture of the Audrey Hepburn family archive given to me by her second son Luca Dotti.  Audrey (then 13) and I (then 7) played together in Holland during World War II. I wrote about it in my just-published paperback, entitled ‘Audrey – a Cherished Memory,’ which also includes some ‘pre-fame’ pictures, some given to me by her mother, Ellen Baroness van Heemstra, and others by Luca Dotti, also from the family archive. The paperback is a short story and you can read it in one sitting, with a coffee, a cup of tea, a scotch or a glass of wine. For Audrey lovers, it is a nice souvenir. I am sending the sales proceeds to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. Originally priced at US$8 or equivalent, I have lowered the price to US$5.99 or equivalent, to encourage more sales during the Christmas and New Year period.

Many charities are claiming your generosity these days but with this contribution, you also get a sweet Audrey story in return! So give it your best, and click on where you are buying from:

The booklet is sold by Amazon.com with the following links, in the various locations of the USA, Canada, UK (Europe), France, Italy and elsewhere. as listed below:

USA and Canada:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0999154400

Europe:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.de/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.es/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.it/dp/0999154400

MAKE IT YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT! Audrey will be delighted.

For the cookerers among you, Luca Dotti produced a wonderful cookbook with Audrey’s recipes, including Dutch recipes, entitled Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen – http://amzn.to/2AqVPF1

Those who already purchased my Audrey booklet and want to donate directly to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, please do so by clicking on http://www.audreyhepburn.com

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ENCHANTÉ – Audrey Hepburn – A Cherished Memory

Thanks to all of you who are contributing to the www.audreyhepburn.com Children’s Fund by ordering my personal memoir of Audrey – A Cherished Memory!  The full proceeds of the sales will be transferred to the Audrey Fund. 

 

 

Finally, Sun Hill Books, USA, has published its first little booklet, entitled Audrey – A Cherished Memory. It is an updated 32-page printed version of the 2014 e-book “Audrey” with a few additional “pre-fame” photographs of Audrey when she was still a young girl as I knew her, which were given to me by her second son, Luca Dotti, from their family archive, on behalf of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.  Much later, there were so many photographs of her widely published that adding one of those to my Audrey story would be superfluous. Sadly in the seventies, we did not make personal photographs the way we do now with our cell phones. The cover photograph of the Audrey booklet is “pre-fame” by Noel Mayne of Baron Studios in London, made in the early nineteen fifties when Audrey was modeling. I received this photograph from her mother through an aunt of mine when I was still in secondary school. It is rare because it was part of Baron’s negatives which perished in a flooding before Baron’s photos were transferred to the National Photo Gallery in London. Luca Dotti, who is now chairman of the board of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund (Pasadena, California) sent me the second photograph above, which is from the same period and copyrighted by the Audrey Hepburn Family Archive.

Sun Hill Books issues this booklet for the benefit of the Audrey Hepburn Children Fund,  http://www.audreyhepburn.com. We have priced it at US$8, and equivalent prices in other countries, which would net the Fund between US$5-6. Now I hope that many of you still have a loving memory of Audrey’s movies (Roman Holiday,  The Nun Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade,  My Fair Lady, Two for the Road,  some of my favorites) and buy the booklet to read how we first met as children during World War II. I know she told her two sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, of those bad days and the malnutrition she endured while living in Arnhem and Velp in The Netherlands. Both read the booklet before publication, Sean in 2014 and Luca in 2017, and they remembered their mother’s tales of World War II.

As you know, in 1988, Audrey became a beloved Ambassadrice of UNICEF, visiting malnourished and sick children in some twenty countries. She actively helped fundraise millions of dollars in the USA and Europe, while eventually succumbing to colon cancer at the age of 63 in 1993, perhaps induced by the malnutrition she suffered during World War II. She was a very engaged and courageous woman, both a famous movie star and a bright star in the firmament, which is still shining.

1988 – Audrey in Ethiopia – by John Isaac

The booklet is sold by Amazon.com with the following links, in the various locations of the USA, Canada, UK (Europe), France, Italy and elsewhere. as listed below:

USA and Canada:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0999154400

Europe:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.de/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.es/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0999154400

http://www.amazon.it/dp/0999154400

For the cookerers among you, Luca Dotti produced a wonderful cookbook with Audrey’s recipes, including Dutch recipes, entitled Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen – http://amzn.to/2AqVPF1

Those who already purchased my Audrey booklet or want to donate directly to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, please do so by clicking on http://www.audreyhepburn.com

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Some Women I Have Known

Cover Audrey

Why should we be surprised that so many like this memoir/coming of age story? On a first Goodreads giveaway of only 2 books it got some 600 entries!

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Whose memoir starts off playing with Audrey when they were kids (she 13 and he 7) ,  only to discover ten years later that she has become a famous movie star winning an Oscar in Roman Holiday with the great Gregory Peck? I remember her from when she came to visit us during World War II when she lived near us in Arnhem at the house of her grandfather, Baron van Heemstra, with her mother and two stepbrothers. She told me she practiced for ballet at the Arnhem Conservatory.  I drove her in my pony wagon but did not really know what she was talking about!

 The Audrey picture above and the dancing one below are private pictures that nobody else has! I donated them to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

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Thirty years later we met again in Geneva when she was an accomplished and widely acclaimed actress, with two great sons. Many people knew her then but few people knew her as a young, beautiful undiscovered star at age 13 (picture left).

Sam says: This is a heartwarming collection of short stories that portray the path of boy meets world with realism and sensitivity. Perhaps most surprising are the different relationships that each story portrays – some were romantic, while others were more familial or close friendships. Those qualities, combined with the historical backdrop and international perspective, distinguish this book from the more typical and predictable storylines, making it a five-star read! 

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This may be the reason why so many want to read this story. But it’s not just Audrey. The other woman who till to-day, remains an anchor in my life is my grandmother, who appears in the book as “Lady D.”  Who does not love their grandmother like the author does?

Lady D

Sure everyone’s grandmother is something special! This one was, a Grand Dame who left an indelible mark on the author’s mind and soul. Many want to read it, thinking, yes, that’s how my grandmother was, too!

Then follow the heartwarming females that upset any young lad growing up!

And the first real love? That girl that knocks you of your socks when you are just 17?

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John at 18 -2 John en Marijke

If I told you that picture with the beloved girlfriend was taken in a heavily guarded Jesuit boarding school you would not believe it, but it’s TRUE.

Then that lovely pianist in Paris.

Geneviève

Paris upsets anyone’s love life. Hundreds of books and movies ballyhoo about it, and you don’t believe it until you get bitten yourself! That city does it to young people, especially if you speak its language of love, as I do. Imagined, dreamt of, hallucination, or wishful thinking, probably all of the above, turned me topsy-turvy. Everyone who went through the same experience, and many did, wants to compare with someone else’s experience, just to be able to say, yes! that’s how it felt! Yes, that’s how it was! And then to think that I and my adorable pianist ran into Sammy Davis in the Hermes store, getting his broad smiles and autographs on her shawl!

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But the author ran into big troubles, too. Did anyone mess up because they met spider woman when they started their professional career? I did! Nothing more distressful then getting enamored by blond hair, artic blue eyes, a most enticing bright smile and a sexy seductress grabbing you by your….well you know what. Readers don’t want to miss that desperate episode. The author got out of it thanks to the blessing of his gods…oh boy, how that seductress could  have destroyed his life…Remember that fabulous song “Here she comes! she is a Man Eater, Ho Ho Ho!?” Watch out!

Irene

And then he escapes to Switzerland, meets a loving woman but when the relationship sours because of differences in viewpoints and objectives in life, he breaks up once more, only to fall in love with a Norwegian Viking on the skis slopes that ends up in tears on both sides.

Ingrid

Ach! How difficult young life is. Loving and living love and it never stays the way it is. Why does it have to be that way?

Dan Dwyer writes: I had read the author’s vignette on Audrey Hepburn a few months ago when I was looking for something short, different and personal because my daughter is a big Hepburn fan. Mr. Schwartz did not fail me then nor has he failed me now with his compilation of the women he has met in his life. This latest work, Some Women I Have Known, talks as much about the man himself growing up amount the fairer sex, which he learns almost too late in life has a decisive advantage over a man too eager to find life’s companion. 

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And so the deep sufferer left for Africa. Only a desperado would do that. But he got mesmerized by a dark figure, a magnificent African woman, strolling on a hill who wanted something from him. No, not sex, not earning money to give her beauty away. She wanted freedom, away from mistreatment, longing for the moment she could employ her talents, flying away to unsurpassed heights, dislodge herself from imprisonment in a suffocating society, forced marriage and abusive treatment. A beautiful bird from the jungle, begging to be let loose from its cage to spread its wings and shoot out to heaven.

Nyira

I don’t think I can ever forget Nyira, ever. I don’t know where she is now, what finally happened to her when I got her out, but she did get her chance to live a better life and she did.

And that’s the moment where young minds settle and reach some sort of maturity. It’s what they call coming-of-age. We all go through that one way or another. The only thing this author can say is that he was damn lucky he did not fall between the cracks. He finally met the woman he felt comfortable with. The opposite of what he had imagined.

Civil Wedding

I think this is the element why so many want to read this love story. It’s out on Amazon. com, Kindle e-book, paperback and hardcover. Don’t miss out on these stories, they inspired me to write them, and they will inspire you when you read them.

SOME WOMEN I HAVE KNOWN – MEMOIR AND ROMANCE
KIRKUS REVIEW; “A WISTFUL MEMOIR…
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